23 August 2016

JAPAN 2016 | Back To Tahara

It's time for the second instalment of my Japan 2016 mini series! If you haven't read the first post on TOKYO then click the link quick! Today's post is on Tahara, which is a seaside town in the Aichi Prefecture which you probably haven't heard of because it's quite small. Anyway, my extended family live here so I've been coming to Tahara since I was tiny. I love it here, the Japanese countryside is so underrated in my opinion. Read on to see what I got up to in Tahara!

Shiroya Beach:
As Tahara is a seaside town, it only makes sense to start with a beach. For swimming, sunbathing and typical beach activities, Shiroya is the best choice. It's only a 10 minute drive from my grandparents house (Tahara centre) so it's perfect for us. We like to go after 5pm because the temperature is just about bearable at this time, and you don't have to pay for parking. They also have a couple of stalls selling ice cream, street food and beach necessities; changing and shower facilities; a good playground for any little ones; and a mini golf pitch!

Mt. Zao (Zao-San):
Another location that we always visit is Mt. Zao, which is the highest mountain in Tahara. It has a wind turbine and a viewing building on the summit, and it's an easy (yet winding) drive from the town centre. It has amazing views of the surrounding countryside and sea, and we always try to spot certain places, like our favourite beach or our grandparents' shop. One of the rooms in the building is a light room, where various projectors cast different effects onto the walls. In the summer, from 8-9pm, the building is lit up in blue and UV paint on the paths becomes visible.  

Tahara Castle: 
A must-see in Tahara is the castle. My sisters and I went on a spontaneous walk on our last night in Japan and ended up here. I've been here many times before when I was younger, and it's still beautiful. The castle is surrounded by a moat, and if you're lucky you can spot turtles swimming in it. Inside, the castle is home to two shrines and the main building which has a museum vibe with the history of the castle and the postcards available.

Akabane Long Beach:
Another beach! Akabane is a Pacific beach which makes the waves huge, so it's too dangerous to swim in. Despite this, it is my favourite location in Tahara because it is so gorgeous. The rocks and the sand and the waves are a perfect combination. The waves make it a popular location for surfers, some travel quite far to surf at this beach. My mother loves the shells that the tide brings in, and always leaves with a few. This is a must-see for anyone that comes to Aichi Prefecture.

Shopping (bonus):
The final section that I wanted to cover on Tahara is shopping. I don't mean like clothes or anything, I just wanted to add a bonus shout out to a couple of places that I've been going to since I was little. Seibunkan is a book shop in the centre of Tahara, which we love going to for the stationary! Japanese stationary is so cute and useful, I always find myself over-spending. I also like to pick up magazines to see the latest Japanese trends and for inspiration.
The other shop I wanted to mention is Chipuzu, which is a sweet shop! It's full of Japanese sweets and snacks, and is really reasonably priced. Perfect for trying Japanese sweets or buying presents for people back home.

And that's a wrap for Tahara! This post was a hard one for me as I love this place so much, but it's off the beaten track so it's v unlikely that any of my readers will visit this town. So I don't know how useful it will be as a guide, but hopefully it was interesting enough just to read and look through the pictures. The next and final instalment of my JAPAN 2016 series will be on day tripping, more specifically Ise Shrine and pottery making!


Read the first instalment: JAPAN 2016 | Tokyo Travels

1 comment

  1. Hi. Grandad from North London here.
    Stumbled across the blog googling Tahara Castle. I'm a bit of a sengoku-nut and will be visiting Japan, and Tahara, to check out sites of historical interest, in April. My wife is an artist, and luckily I took a look at your Tokyo post, so we will definitely be doing the Roppongi Art Triangle.
    Hope to cram a few days in Kyoto, too.


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